The Mountaineers' search for running back help has been well documented. It’s the lone position on the board where no commitment is currently in place, despite interest from an array of prospects.
As we near the finish line of the 2014-15 recruiting cycle, West Virginia is trying to become a player in the recruitment of Ke’Shawn Vaughn.
Vaughn, a 5-foot-10, 207-pound running back, boasts more than a dozen offers from major programs including Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Ohio State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Earlier this month he listed a group of favorites that included the Irish, Cardinals and Boilermakers.
But, it’s his latest offer from the Mountaineers that has perked his interest, in large part because of an offensive scheme that would showcase his on-field abilities.
“WVU has always been a school I wanted to go to,” Vaughn said. That’s a school I can see myself at. I can see myself in their offense. I love their spread offense.”
The final weeks on January are expected to be a whirlwind for Vaughn. This weekend he’ll take an official visit to Notre Dame and has a visit scheduled to Illinois on the 30th. The Mountaineers are actively pushing to enter the visit mix and having him on campus the 23rd of this month.
This past season Vaughn rushed for 2,031 yards and 33 touchdowns, being honored as Tennessee’s Class AA Mr. Football Back of the Year.
He is rated a three-star prospect and is ranked the No. 1 running back in the state of Tennessee and No. 52 overall in the class of 2015.